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There's a Place for You Here.
NWACC Open House

There's a Place for You Here.
NWACC Open House

Ready to learn more about pursuing a higher education at NWACC? Spend the day with us at our annual Open House event. As a mandatory event for newly enrolled students, you will have the opportunity to experience NWACC's Bentonville campus, meet other students, learn about the college's various programs and resources, and feel better prepared for your journey ahead.




  • Thursday, August 1
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Monday, August 19

Typically, students are not required to bring anything to open house unless you have not submitted financial aid or record documents. You may want to bring your NWACC ID number and photo ID If you need a student ID card or a parking pass. 

Feel free to invite a family member or friend to join you during Open House. 

Once you arrive on the NWACC Bentonville campus, please park in the parking lot east of the parking garage and east of Burns Hall. No parking pass required for event. 

NWACC - Bentonville address: 
1 College Dr.
Bentonville, AR 72712

After you park, you will go to the first floor of the parking garage to check in. You will check in at a computer by an NWACC staff member, be notified if you need to meet with enrollment services that day, and receive the event program with the session schedule enclosed. You'll be made aware of mandatory and optional sessions to attend and be connected to various services provided by the college to better prepare you for your higher education journey at NWACC. 

You should expect to spend at least two and a half hours at the open house event to complete your requirements, but you won't go hungry because food will be provided - hot dogs, chips and snacks!

Sessions typically last for 20 minutes each, and you will be required to take four sessions. Two are mandatory and two you will be able to choose. If you are a first generation student, you will have to take three mandatory sessions, and can choose the fourth session. See session descriptions below.

NOTE: On the program that you will receive at check in, there will be punch marks. These will need to be punched by a staff member after every session you attend to show that you have attended the required number of sessions. 

Open House Dates

  • Thursday, August 1
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Monday, August 19


Two mandatory sessions:

Know Your Code — Student Center, Room 108 A
Providing a positive and safe learning environment for everyone is a priority! You’ll get a general overview of the student code of conduct, as well as where/how to report an incident. This session will also address free speech at NWACC.

You Are Not Alone — Student Center, Room 108 B
Personal counseling is a positive step to help you resolve a problem and it is an opportunity to eliminate barriers that may interfere with your success at NWACC. There are often many life stressors that college students encounter (e.g. moving, change in financial situation, balance demands of parenting/school/work, etc.). If you are beginning to feel stressed or overwhelmed, make an appointment to talk with a counselor. Our counselors meet with currently enrolled students at no cost.

One mandatory session for first-generation students:

Im First! — Student Center, Room 313
First in your family to attend college? Join other first-generation students in learning tips and resources that will help you be successful in your higher education journey. 

Optional sessions (must attend a minimum of two):

This is YOUR Library — Student Center, Room 343
This fun, interactive introduction to the NWACC library will leave you feeling like the library is your home away from home, with a few additional academic perks as well! The library is for YOU, the student, so come see what we have to offer to help you succeed.

Transfer Services — Student Center, Room 342
Many students plan to transfer to four-year institutions after their time at NWACC, and it is crucial for these students to start the transfer planning process early. Many can simultaneously complete an associate degree and fulfill pre-major prerequisites for a transfer institution, saving time and money while earning a credential from NWACC. 

Safety and Security at NWACC — Student Center, Room 336
NWACC wants to provide you with the tools and information that you need in order to feel safe on campus. Learn how to sign up for text alert systems, what to do during medical or weather-related emergencies, and how to keep yourself safe by staying aware of your surroundings. This session will also cover the services that NWACC’s Department of Public Safety offers to students.

Supporting Your College Student — Student Center, Room 319
This session is designed for family and friends of new college students. It will cover an introduction to the college experience with a focus on resources available on campus, and on supporting students so they will soar to new heights in their education.

Supporting Your College Student (Session in Spanish) – Student Center, Room 320
Apoyando a su estudiante universitario Sala 320
Esta sesión está especialmente diseñada para familiares y amigos de nuevos estudiantes universitarios. Cubrirá una introducción a la experiencia universitaria con un enfoque en los recursos disponibles en la escuela y apoyaremos a los estudiantes para que alcancen nuevos niveles en su educación.

Stay Active! Locally and Globally! — Student Center, Room 312
Learn about your student opportunities at NWACC — on campus and abroad! Do you want to get involved on campus? Perhaps, you want to be a part of student leadership? Would you like to explore the world while earning college credit? Join us and learn all about on-campus programs as well as study abroad opportunities.  

College 101 — Student Center, Room 335
Nervous about starting college? Have lots of questions? This informative and fun session will give you all the tools you need to navigate the college environment! We will review tips and tricks for being successful in and out of the classroom.

NWACC Disability Resources  Student Center, Room 338 A
NWACC strives to improve and incorporate comprehensive services to eliminate physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers that may arise with disabilities. Learn about services that are available to students, faculty, staff and guests. 


View floor maps below to find the room locations of the sessions you'll be attending. 

  • Map shows Open House session locations on the first floor of the Student Center.
  • Map shows Open House session locations on the third floor of the Student Center.

Stop by the NWACC's resource fair on the first floor of the parking garage to learn more about the college's various programs, resources, and how to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. Representatives will include the NWACC Tutoring Center, Study Abroad, Disability Resource Center, Pride at NWACC and the Geek Alliance.  

Note: Students are required to visit at least three stations at the resource fair. On the back of the program that you will receive at check in, there will be icon marks. These will need to be initialed by a staff member after every station you visit.

Student Ambassador Government Association (SAGA) students will also be available to give personalized tours throughout the Open House event as well. 

 Once you've attended your four sessions, you will check-out near the check-in area on the first floor of the parking garage, and staff will ensure all financial aid requirements and admissions are satisfied.


Questions about Open House? 

Contact Enrollment Services:
(479) 986-4000
Mon - Thurs, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.